Big School Player of the Year: Kevin Cope, North AlleghenyWritten by: David Mika on Friday, December 31st, 2010
North Allegheny fielded a dominant defensive unit in 2010, and really, the player of the year award could have been given to that entire unit as a whole. The Tigers enjoyed a dominant defensive line, steady linebackers and a productive defensive secondary en route to winning their first PIAA championship since 1990.
Cope finished the season with an impressive 159 tackles (102 solo – 64.1 percent of his season tackle total) – 6.5 sacks (for 50 yards lost), forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles, intercepted one pass, deflected two others and recorded a safety. Cope was North Allegheny’s leading tackler, averaging 9.9 tackles per contest and posted 11 games of 10+ tackles, including six of NA’s seven post-season contests.
In post-season play, Cope tallied 73 tackles and four sacks. He was part of a North Allegheny defensive unit (including reserves) that held nine of 16 opponents to seven points or less and allowed an average of 7.8 points per game, including four shutouts.
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